HD Notebook

Send clear signals to your cows

Tue, 05/19/2015

When it comes to animal handling, if a cow is not doing what we want her to do, there’s a good chance we did not ask her in the right way.

By Abby Bauer, Associate Editor

herd of Holsteins
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Talk it out

Mon, 05/18/2015

Having those hard conversations while creating a farm succession plan isn’t fun, but it is necessary.

By Brittany Statz, Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

farm manager and employeeMy fiancé and I find ourselves having important and sometimes difficult conversations with growing frequency. While some of those talks center around paint swatches and my swollen wedding boards on Pinterest, the most difficult conversations discuss the big decisions we’re going to need to make as we begin to take over his family’s dairy farm. Read more

Dairy “aha!” moment is a must-read

Fri, 05/15/2015

Far from home, four U.S. milk producers made a strong connection with dairy marketers.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor


In the global dairy marketing world, relationships are everything.

Price, quality and consistency count, but nothing matters more than when personal connections are made which reveal fundamental ideals and values that are shared by both buyer and seller. Read more

Help calves’ rumens grow

Thu, 05/14/2015

Feeding heifer diets containing greater levels of nonfiber carbohydrates resulted in improved average daily gains from 12 to 28 weeks of age.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Brown Swiss calfThroughout their two years of development, the nutrient requirements of dairy heifers vary substantially. “Even though previous research found that feeding higher concentrate diets improved gain and feed efficiency, the concentrate’s ingredients may vary widely,” noted Tamilee Nennich, formerly with Purdue University. Read more

No magic bullet to the drop in summer’s components

Wed, 05/13/2015

Ration tweaks can soften the blow

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

May 2015 Webinar“You cannot make a Holstein a Jersey,” teased Tom Jenkins during the Hoard’s Dairyman monthly webinar. Genetics plays a big role in components. We can fine-tune our rations to take advantage of a few scenarios, but there’s no management silver bullet to dramatically bolster components during the hotter months of the year. Read more

Take the best milk sample you can

Tue, 05/12/2015

Before you send in mastitis and milk quality samples, focus first on what you plan to do with the results.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

bulk tanks

Milk culturing can be used to identify mastitis pathogens, troubleshoot milk quality problems, monitor pasteurizer systems and more. To get the most benefit from the results, one should keep the end goal in mind even before taking the sample. Read more

Communication and culture are key

Mon, 05/11/2015

A strong workplace environment requires daily attentiveness to clear communication and a strong employee culture.

by Maggie Seiler, 2014 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

A surprise for California dairy producers

Fri, 05/08/2015

Now that they’re pushing for a federal order, the state is willing to look at raising Class 4b prices.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

With California’s milk pricing attention turned to the just-started drive for a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO), Sacramento dropped a big surprise in dairy producers’ laps last Friday: A public hearing on June 3 in Sacramento to consider temporary adjustments to the Class 4b (powder) component of the state’s pricing formula. Read more

Weaned heifers aren’t TMR ready

Thu, 05/07/2015

Compared to their component-fed counterparts, it took TMR-fed heifers a bit longer to catch up.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

HeiferLittle research exists regarding the best strategies for feeding post-weaned heifers. Driven by feed costs, heifer-feeding dogma has long been to transition young animals to a forage-based, low-cost diet shortly after weaning. Read more

Grilled cheese challenges chefs

Wed, 05/06/2015

Sandwich artists get creative with dairy products.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

4th Annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese ChampionshipGrilled cheese sandwiches are pretty basic – two pieces of bread and a slab of cheese. But the making of a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is more of an art form. Selecting just the right bread, with the ideal cheese and the complementary condiments, gives the creation a unique flavor. Read more

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